Michael Yardley

William and Son over-and-under

The William and Son over-and-under is our test gun. It’s a 12-bore with 30in barrels, a low-profile and hand-engraved action and weighs just over 7lb. It cleverly brings together modern…

Purdey's craftsmen. Richard Bayley

Purdey’s craftsmen have an international reputation for impeccability, and they uphold this as part of one of the most renowned bespoke gunmaking firms in the world. The Field meets the…

Purdey factory gun

The Purdey factory has been renovated. At its premises in Felgate Mews, Hammersmith, it has been transformed into the ideal environment for everyone on the premises, from visitors to the…

AYA English game-gun

The AYA English game-gun is the product of a collaboration between Sportarm of Dorchester, ASI of Snape, and AYA the Spanish manufacturer. First impressions of this “English” game-gun are of…

Browning 725 20-bore. Lighter version.

On test this month is the Browning 725 20-bore over-and-under. We have looked at a 725 20-bore before, the excellent 32in-barrelled Hunter (July 2014 issue). This is a lighter, 30in…

Game Fair guns. All lined up.

The best Game Fair guns will be lining the paths of Gunmakers Row at the CLA Game Fair 2015.  Head up north to Harewood House in Yorkshire and join The…

Bill Blacker. Top 10 gunsmiths. Barrels

The top 10 gunsmiths list is a difficult one to restrict. But we gave the task to Mike Yardley and he has compiled a personal list of the most excellent.…

If your barrels are in need of attention, see Paul Stevens.

Paul Stevens is a barrel blacker and browner, keeping your barrels in tip top condition with traditional techniques. The art of the barrel blacker is probably one of the most…

One of the best general gunsmiths, John Wiseman has been in the trade since 1966.

John Wiseman is a general gunsmith, with some specialisations. So when your gun needs to be serviced before the season starts, or calls for a tweak mid season Wiseman can…